Feb 07, 2020
BREAKTHROUGH SCHOOLS Breakthrough Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated best CMO network in Ohio by the 2017 CREDO study at Stanford University. Breakthrough Schools originated as a commitment to increase educational options for Cleveland families. In 2009, three of Cleveland's top stand-alone public charter schools discovered the challenges of operating individually and decided that sharing administrative functions would help them operate more efficiently and serve more students. As a result, they formed Breakthrough Schools, a charter management organization, in 2010 with the mission to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. Breakthrough manages core administrative responsibilities including human resources, finance, information technology, facilities, student recruitment, and marketing for schools within the network. In the 2020-21 school year, Breakthrough Schools will serve more than 3,600 K-8 students and is committed to setting them on an early pathway to lifelong success in school, college, and career. For more information, visit POSITION SUMMARY The Head of Schools (HOS) is responsible for the overall quality of school programming and maintains a laser-focus on continually increasing the number of students who thrive in Breakthrough Schools and achieve academic excellence. The HOS pursues this work through excellent management and development of the Managing Director of Schools and School Principals. The HOS drives collaboration cross-organizationally with other operations, technology, talent, curriculum, and finance leaders. The HOS reports to the Chief Academic Officer and serves as an integral member of the Breakthrough Schools academic leadership team, which is responsible for driving the overall direction and strategy for all Breakthrough Schools programming. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Creates and executes on a strategic vision for Breakthrough's academic and school culture models that is flexible and sustainable. Leads key stakeholders to develop, maintain, implement, and continuously improve an integrated vision of academic rigor, school (student and staff) culture, and non-instructional focus areas of all schools. Monitors and adjusts academic systems (i.e., curriculum, instructional coaching, data, staffing structures) as needed to ensure consistent achievement across schools in Humanities, STEM, and Student Services. Creates, refines and drives systems to develop Breakthrough's leadership pipeline, from emerging leaders to instructional leaders, assistant principals, and school leaders to ensure capacity for succession across leadership roles. Executes clear talent management strategies to promote the hiring, development, and retention of direct reports and their teams. Managerial Leadership and Team Development Manages a team of Managing Directors of Schools and 1-3 Principals (as needed). Builds a strong and cohesive team culture that reflects Breakthrough Schools' values. Serves as a thought partner to direct reports as they lead their respective teams; coaches and supports direct reports to address their key roles and responsibilities. Works in collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer and Talent Team to hire school Principals and school leadership team members and execute on the organization's talent strategy in schools, including best-practice coaching and development, annual goal-setting, and succession planning. Plans and implements professional development for school principals and leadership teams. Supervises Managing Directors and Principals in the creation and implementation of effective professional development opportunities for their staff. Supports the development of school-based leaders and successor leaders across all schools. Educational Leadership and Academic Support Works with principals to implement the academic strategies, all aspects of the talent strategies, and supports principals to implement their school priorities in alignment with Breakthrough Schools' vision, mission, and strategic plan. Collaborates with Managing Directors of Schools and Academic Management Team members to implement academic priorities. Works with principals to develop and implement long-term plans for curriculum, assessment, and school improvement. Ensures that the principals have a clear plan for improvement of instruction and school culture. Engages principals in weekly academic program analysis and progress monitoring. Manages long-term and annual school planning. Supports the development of strong academic operational systems and processes with a focus on data collection, scheduling, and Special Education programs and services. Academic Leadership Team Participates in the Breakthrough Schools' Academic Leadership Team that oversees the strategy for all Breakthrough Schools programming. Works with Breakthrough Schools' academic leadership to develop a vision and comprehensive long-term plan for the design of the schools. Recommends to the Chief Academic Officer system-wide goals, and monitors and reports back to the Chief Academic Officer on the progress toward achieving the goals. Partners with the central office to ensure that all of the operations, technology, talent, and financial needs of the schools are met. Liaises with external stakeholders, community agencies, donors, and other third-party constituencies. Skills and Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty accurately. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment toward the vision, mission, and values. Demonstrates an ability to lead people and get results through others. Establishes excellent interpersonal capability between all constituents: courteous, professional, and helpful; able to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Shows the ability to continually demonstrate poise, tact, and diplomacy. Ability to work and interact with individuals at all levels of the organization. Analyzes problems and problem resolution at both a strategic and functional level. Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Strives to research, evaluate and implement best practices. Able to work with large amounts of data, including data interpretation, error detection, and preparation of reports. Possesses strong customer orientation. Has a broad conceptual perspective and is forward-thinking on educational issues and their long-term impact on schools. Is proactive and takes initiative. Thinks creatively. Drives projects to completion. Insists on the highest level of quality. Possesses in-depth comprehensive knowledge of overall education operations and management. Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), internet research and database management. Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's Degree (required) A minimum of 10 years' experience working with students in an educational setting Location: The position is located at the CMO's central office in Cleveland, Ohio. The position will include frequent travel to school locations in Cleveland. Compensation and Benefits: Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and will include a 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan. How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the Breakthrough Schools website to learn more about the school network and complete the online application. Breakthrough Schools is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Cleveland, OH, USA